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Bernard Cornwell Quotes and Sayings

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Writing is a solitary occupation.
- Bernard Cornwell

Looking back, of course, it was irresponsible,
mad, forlorn, idiotic, but if you don't take chances
then you'll never have a winning hand,
and I've no regrets.
- Bernard Cornwell

And yes, there's a simplicity to writing books because
you're not a member of a team,
so you make all the decisions yourself instead of deferring to a committee.
- Bernard Cornwell

Agents will read unpublished work because they might make money,
and that's their job.
It isn't mine.
- Bernard Cornwell

 

I volunteered for this life, wanted it and am not going
to bitch about it now that I've got it.
- Bernard Cornwell

Book tours and research provide a lot of travel -
too much,
I sometimes think, but we do take vacations.
- Bernard Cornwell

Judy couldn't move to Britain for family reasons,
so I had to come to the States, and the U.S.
government wouldn't give me a Green Card,
so I airily told her I'd write a book.
- Bernard Cornwell

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So the books have a greater appeal to a British audience,
but that hasn't stopped them making best-seller lists in places like Brazil,
Japan and at least a dozen other countries.
- Bernard Cornwell

I'm fortunate that the books sell, but even more fortunate to live in Chatham,
to be very happily married and to have,
on the whole, a fairly clear conscience.
- Bernard Cornwell

So far it's 43 books in 25 years.
- Bernard Cornwell

Of course some days are easier than others,
but my worst day is better than being in most humdrum occupations.
- Bernard Cornwell

At risk of sounding foully pompous I think that writers'
groups are probably very useful at the beginning of a writing career.
- Bernard Cornwell

I'll happily mentor anyone who wants mentoring,
and most of that goes on by internet rather than face to face.
- Bernard Cornwell

I sometimes wonder what would have happened if the
first book had not sold...
doesn't bear thinking about, but I suppose we'd have made it work somehow.
- Bernard Cornwell

Television is a young person's medium.
- Bernard Cornwell

It's fun.
I sit down every day and tell stories.
Some folk would kill to get that chance.
- Bernard Cornwell

Anyone who claims to have an entirely clear conscience
is almost certainly a bore.
- Bernard Cornwell

I know nothing about producing TV drama and any involvement
on my part is liable to prove an obstacle to the producers,
so I prefer to be a cheerleader and let them get on with it.
- Bernard Cornwell

What I mean by that is that the point of life,
as I see it, is not to write books or scale mountains or sail oceans,
but to achieve happiness, and preferably an unselfish happiness.
- Bernard Cornwell

One book at a time...
though I'm usually doing the research for others while I'm writing,
but that sort of research is fairly desultory and I
like to stick to the book being written -
and writing a book concentrates the mind so the research is more productive.
- Bernard Cornwell

Then you start another book and suddenly the galley
proofs of the last one come in and you have to wrench
your attention away from what you're writing and try
to remember what you were thinking when you wrote the previous one.
- Bernard Cornwell

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God
who is sending a love letter to the world.
- Mother Teresa

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you have a plan for your life?
If not, allocate some time today to sit quietly
with pen and paper to begin writing your life plan -
what you want to accomplish with your life,
and what projects will support your goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career.
I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party,
what my son was writing.
I was thinking about Legos.
- Jill Clayburgh

The digital revolution is far more significant than
the invention of writing or even of printing.
- Douglas Engelbart

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Laurie Anderson

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?
- Joan Didion

Nothing goes by luck in composition.
It allows of no tricks.
The best you can write will be the best you are.
- Henry David Thoreau

For me the writing, when I'm going to direct it myself,
is really just the first draft, and I don't change it very much;
I only change it on average about two lines per movie.
- John Sayles

I started writing stories as a child.
- Danielle Steel

When I stop working the rest of the day is posthumous.
I'm only really alive when I'm writing.
- Tennessee Williams

Even this vein of writing is so foreign to me that I am amazed.
- David O. Selznick

The Language Poets are writing only about language itself.
The Ashbery poets are writing only about poetry itself.
That seems to me a kind of dead end.
- Robert Morgan

For many years I was engaged in journalism,
writing articles and chronicles for the daily press
without ever joining the staff of any newspaper.
- Johannes Vilhelm Jensen

For me, writing a short story is much,
much harder than writing a novel.
- Lynn Abbey

One of the hardest things about writing lyrics is to
make the lyrics sit on the music in such a way that
you're not aware there was a writer there.
- Stephen Sondheim

I love writing and do not know why it is considered such a difficult,
agonizing profession.
- Caroline B. Cooney

Well, Peter has a writing style, but again,
time changes subject matters and attitudes.
- Josh Silver

Acting and writing go together.
Actors write because they love words and becoming other people -
we love to escape into other characters.
- Susannah York

For me, writing is a love-hate relationship.
- Larry Wall

Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.
- Sylvia Plath

I'd much rather do an obviously commercial writing
project than get a day job.
- Poppy Z. Brite

I have often felt a motion of love to leave some hints
in writing of my experience of the goodness of God,
and now, in the thirty-sixth year of my age,
I begin this work.
- John Woolman

When you're writing, it's as if you're within a kind of closed world.
- Michael Ondaatje

I have to have a character worth caring about.
I tend not to start writing books about people I don't
have a lot of sympathy for because I'm just going to be with them too long.
- Richard Russo

And I tend to listen to NPR when I'm not writing.
- Augusten Burroughs

Writing is like walking in a deserted street.
Out of the dust in the street you make a mud pie.
- John le Carre

You can get stale writing with each other for a while.
- Barry Mann

Universal literacy was a 20th-century goal.
Before then, reading and writing were skills largely confined to a small,
highly educated class of professional people.
- Hugh Mackay

Writing is making sense of life.
You work your whole life and perhaps you've made sense of one small area.
- Nadine Gordimer

I like to be surprised.
Fresh implications and plot twists erupt as a story unfolds.
Characters develop backgrounds, adding depth and feeling.
Writing feels like exploring.
- David Brin

The failure of The Cable Guy impacted my career.
I had to start writing and acting again.
- Ben Stiller

I don't like writing essays or theory.
- Adrian Mitchell

There is more good writing and good acting in any ten
minutes of Twister than in,
say, all of Citizen Kane.
- Orson Scott Card

I'll have to get people to write songs for me right
now until my own writing comes around.
- Andy Gibb

I love writing dialogue, and I think a lot of my writing
is visual and very cinematic.
- Jessica Hagedorn

The one ironclad rule is that I have to try.
I have to walk into my writing room and pick up my
pen every weekday morning.
- Anne Tyler

The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid,
stable business.
- John Steinbeck

My employer was never at any time aware of anything
in my past beyond the writing I did,
because, frankly, it isn't relevant to the job I was asked to do,
which was to be a reporter.
- Jeff Gannon

The first writing I did was short short stories for
a newspaper syndicate for which I was paid five dollars a piece on publication.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I'm like a junkie for writing.
- Gavin DeGraw

If I really considered myself a writer,
I wouldn't be writing screenplays.
I'd be writing novels.
- Quentin Tarantino

I am never going to write for the sake of writing.
- Emma Lazarus

I obviously prefer writing novels but I take my journalism very seriously,
and I enjoy doing it between novels.
It gives me an opportunity to move in the outside world.
- Mordecai Richler

The quality of the writing, really.
Simple as that.
Beautiful words.
It's very nice as a singer to do great songs,
which have wonderful lyrics and strong feelings underneath the song.
- Bryan Ferry

I'm just writing a story that I want to read.
- Jean M. Auel


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